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Top 10 Swedish Massage Therapists near Hilton Head Island, SC

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"Thanks for helping us to relax"
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  • 16 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
"Very courteous and respectful. I felt more relaxed than I ever have in my life. I will definitely use his services again in the future."
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  • 4 years in business
"Stephanie is an incredible therapist! I've received numerous massages from her which always feel amazing and keep me tuned up. One experience stands out though, when my arm was in extreme pain and couldn't be moved without bringing me to tears. In less than an hour she was able to make the pain go away entirely and it never came back. She's magic!"
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  • 20 years in business
"I'm a highly qualified clinical therspist with more than 20 years of education and experience. Whether you need a Swedish session to relax or need to workout the kinks I have something to address your specific concern to achieve the desired results!"
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New on Thumbtack
  • 2 years in business
"Trinity TheraSpa is your full service day spa. We work with professional massage therapists who utilize an array of different skill sets including therapeutic massage, deep tissue massage, Reiki, reflexology, and more. Our therapists work with clients to ensure their spa experience is physically and spiritually healing. Trinity TheraSpa creates a peaceful environment where you can leave the world outside and focus on your mind, body and soul. For your convenience we are open seven days a week by appointment only. Call today to book your appointment."
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"My skills and education as a Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Personal Trainer specializing in Sports Nutrition as well as my passion for helping people are what make my services stand out with completely customized treatment plans to help my clients reach their wellness goals."
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New on Thumbtack
  • 10 years in business
"I love being a Massage Therapist! I enjoy using the skills I have learned and acquired over the years helping everyone who gets on my table!"
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  • 19 years in business
"I have 13 years experience as a licensed massage therapist and recieved training at the most prestigious massage school in the country (The Swedish Institute of Massage, in New York). I have excellent assessment skills, therapeutic skills and listening skills. That is why each client leaves happy and relaxed."
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What are the different Swedish massage techniques?

There are five main techniques in Swedish massage: effleurage, friction, petrissage, tapotement and vibration. Within each category there are various movements, all intended to ease muscle tension and pain. Each movement has a specific purpose for loosening, warming, soothing or stimulating your muscles during your massage. Here is a breakdown of each of the five Swedish massage techniques:

  • Effleurage: Sweeping, gliding, smooth long strokes done with the hands or forearms. These strokes can loosen and warm the body and are said to help stimulate blood flow.
  • Friction: These circular or transverse rubbing strokes are also warming and can get deeper into the muscle tissue. They should be avoided on injured or inflamed areas or areas.
  • Petrissage: Lifting, kneading, skin rolling, muscle rolling and wringing. These movements help with circulation, which stimulates cell regeneration, and aid in loosening tense muscles.
  • Tapotement: Tapping, plucking, cupping and pounding. Tapotement movements can help improve blood circulation and cell rejuvenation, and also relax and release tight muscles.  
  • Vibration: Rocking, shaking and trembling movements. These motions can help muscles release.

What is a Swedish style massage?

Swedish massage is proven to lower blood pressure and reduce stress, according to the International Journal of Preventative Medicine, as well as to relieve depression and anxiety and aid in recuperation from chronic illness. Swedish massage is also referred to as classical massage, and — contrary to popular understanding — does not originate from Sweden. There are five main strokes, or movements, that make up a Swedish massage: effleurage, friction, petrissage, tapotement and vibration. Each technique was created to help soothe, stimulate, soften, and rejuvenate muscles and other soft tissue.

During a Swedish style massage, the client will lie on a massage table in a comfortable position — usually facedown to start. Clients can choose to be clothed or nude; if they are nude, the massage therapist will drape them with a cloth so they are never exposed. A Swedish massage typically lasts from 45 to 120 minutes, depending on client need and pricing agreement. During the massage, the therapist typically employs all of the stroke techniques as a way to ease any tension in the body. Swedish massage is one of the most gentle types of massage and is known for being soothing and relaxing.

Why is it called a Swedish massage?

Everyone loves Swedish massage. It’s soothing and relaxing and, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, is proven to relieve pain. Swedish massage can also relieve symptoms associated with chronic illness, arthritis, depression and other ailments. The term Swedish massage is actually a massive mixup, according to Massage Magazine. The technique would be more aptly named classical massage, which it is often called. What we in the United States refer to as Swedish massage was actually invented by a Dutch physician named Johan Georg Mezger. Mezger systematized and gave French names to the five massage techniques used today in Swedish (or classic) massage: effleurage, friction, petrissage, tapotement and vibration. The confusion began when the techniques systematized by Mezger were attributed to Per Henrik Ling, the founder of the Swedish Movement System who had practiced his similar techniques in his gymnasium. In many parts of the world, Swedish massage is called classic massage, and most massage therapists will understand either term.

How long is a Swedish massage?

A Swedish massage can range from 45 minutes to 120 minutes or more. A longer massage allows the massage therapist to give you an all-over massage and then circle back to focus on areas in need of extra bodywork. Some massage therapists recommend that your first massage be longer to give the therapist time to learn more about your health and any injuries or pain before providing you with a healing massage. The longer your massage, the more it will cost. Swedish massage is made up of five body strokes designed to relax, heal, improve circulation and maintain health. The techniques are called effleurage, friction, petrissage, tapotement and vibration. During Swedish massage, all parts of the body are addressed, and the client is often unclothed and draped with a cloth. Swedish massage is proven to be beneficial to mental and physical health, and has been shown by the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine to boost the immune system.

How much does it cost to get a Swedish massage?

Having a Swedish massage can promote relaxation, relieve stress and help you feel great. The national average price range to hire a massage therapist is $70-$90, with prices varying based on length of massage and location. Costs may be higher for a Swedish massage if the client would like services in their home or office, as the massage therapist has to transport their massage table and account for transportation costs. Geographic location can also affect costs, as regions with a lower cost of living and a lower cost to do business will have lower rates than pricey areas such as San Francisco or New York. Here are some examples of average Swedish massage costs:

  • $50 for a 60-minute massage in North Texas.
  • $55 for a 60-minute massage in Central Texas.
  • $60 for a 60-minute massage in New Jersey.
  • $100 for a 60-minute massage in San Francisco Bay Area.
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